With Trump's address set for Jan 29, Pelosi wrote him a letter citing security concerns because the Secret Service, which is required to provide security for the address, has not received funding during the dispute. Trump's advisers have privately tried to shepherd the president toward a scenario where he re-opens the government, as his own administration revised the cost of the shutdown to the overall USA economy.
"Individual 1 will not be permitted to deliver his state of the union address until government is reopened", he wrote, referencing how the president has been labeled in legal filings.
"What the president wants to do is get a bigger down payment so it (the wall) can be built faster", former House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a speech at the National Press Club in October.
Postponing the address would deny Mr Trump the opportunity to make a case for his border wall in a prime-time televised address.
Congress is planning to skip next week's planned recess if the partial government shutdown continues.
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While Pelosi's letter is framed as a request to find a new date, the decision of when to host the President is very much up to the speaker of the House.
The procedural snafu won't affect the prospects of the legislation, which was already facing a White House veto threat and was basically dead on arrival in the Senate. "But you've sure got people who are pushing back in their caucus, and that's striking to me", Coons said.
As the longest-ever government shutdown reached Day 27 Thursday, the number of federal employees working without pay is up to 450,000 and could top half a million in the coming days, as the Trump administration continues to recall tens of thousands of workers after nearly four weeks of shuttered doors at vital agencies.
Wisconsin Republican senator Ron Johnson said the matter was less about security than about Ms Pelosi feeling she had the upper hand in the budget standoff. So far, fewer than a dozen House Republicans have voted in favor of Democratic-led bills to open portions of the government, and the Republican-led Senate hasn't voted on the bills passed by the House.
"She told me that hers is a single income family with monthly bills to pay".
Majority Forward, a Democratic nonprofit group aligned with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), has produced 30-second ads taking Republican senators facing potentially competitive reelection campaigns to task over the lapse in government services.
"Once again, we call upon the president to reopen government", Pelosi said. The Senate made a mistake in the 115th Congress by not voting on the package sent by the House Republicans.
Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Tuesday the shutdown is slowing growth more than predicted. Lawmaker salaries are written into law and not affected by the shutdown, though many have said they will donate their pay.